‘Liverpool must spend again & keep on improving’

first_imgLiverpool will have to spend again this summer as they need to “keep on improving their squad” in order to remain competitive, says Patrick Berger.The Reds have seen investment in recent transfer windows richly rewarded.Virgil van Dijk and Alisson have proved to be shrewd additions, while the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane continue to thrive in the final third of the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Jurgen Klopp’s side are now serious Premier League title challenges and Champions League winners.They are, however, having to start from scratch again ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, with domestic and European rivals in the process of reinforcing their own squads.Liverpool have to do likewise, says Berger, with it imperative that more quality and depth is brought into Anfield this summer.The former Reds star told The Mirror when reflecting on a memorable 2018-19 season which saw the Reds pipped to a first top-flight crown in 29 years by a solitary point: “I said at the time that the only thing Liverpool could do was win every single game until the end of the season and hope that Manchester City dropped points.“They didn’t, but the boys couldn’t have done more. It just wasn’t enough at the end.“It was a magnificent season. They played some brilliant football, they were unbeaten at Anfield in the league and they should be very proud of the way they played.“What Manchester City have done is unbelievable. You can only put your hands up and say they were too good for the last two seasons. But Liverpool have taken a huge step closer to Manchester City and in any other season they would have been crowned champions.“At least they know they are at the same level and know they can ­challenge for the Premier League next season. But remember that two years ago Chelsea were the champions and you thought that they would be right up there for the foreseeable future. That didn’t happen.“And I think that shows Liverpool and even Manchester City must keep on ­improving their squad and keep the same quality and hunger in order to be up there again next season.”Berger believes that the battle for Premier League supremacy may not be a two-horse race again next term, with the Czech adding: “I don’t really expect the other teams to be that far behind Liverpool and City again next season.“I think they’ll strengthen and they’ll get much closer. Liverpool and City were almost playing in a different ­competition last time and the others far, far behind. I’m just not sure that will be ­happening again.”Liverpool are set to kick off the new season with a home date against newly-promoted Norwich on August 9. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Loonie dips to threeweek low as Bank of Japan meetings weaken currencies

Loonie dips to three-week low as Bank of Japan meetings weaken currencies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 21, 2013 4:53 pm MDT TORONTO – The loonie slid to a three-week low Monday as concern about monetary easing by the Bank of Japan negatively affected the yen and U.S. stock and bond markets remained closed for the Martin Luther King holiday.The Canadian dollar was down 0.15 of a cent to 100.68 cents US.The Bank of Japan began a two-day policy meeting amid pressure from the country’s new government to take more aggressive steps to fight the long deflationary slump in the world’s third-largest economy.Some analysts expect the bank to expand its asset-purchasing program and set an inflation target.The “Bank of Japan monetary policy decision could be a big moment for the country,” said Colin Cieszynski, senior market analyst for CMC Markets Canada in a note.“In recent weeks, (the yen) has been selling off and the Nikkei has been soaring on anticipation that the new government would get its way. Today the two markets are reversing course, suggesting either that traders expect the Bank of Japan won’t go far enough or that significant stimulus has already been priced in and that some are already starting to take profits.”In commodities, benchmark oil for February delivery was off a four-month high, down nine cents to US$95.47 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.February gold bullion rose $2.70 to US$1,689.70 an ounce while copper prices were down.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada reported that wholesale sales rose 0.7 per cent in November to $49.6 billion, largely as a result of higher sales in the computer and communications equipment and supplies industry. The agency says sales were up 0.5 per cent in volume terms. read more